Hermes Investment Management has added a fund to its global fixed income product offering with the launch of the Hermes Unconstrained Credit fund.
The Ucits fund, seeded by cornerstone investors including Quilter Multi-Asset, has investor commitments of £185m and aims to offer a high-conviction, multi-sector credit solution that is structured to perform throughout market cycles.
Andrew Jackson, head of Fixed Income, and Fraser Lundie, co-head of Credit and lead credit portfolio manager, will manage the fund and look to exploit opportunities throughout the global liquid credit spectrum in investment-grade and high-yield bonds, loans, credit-default swaps, asset-backed securities and other credit derivatives.
The investment process combines top-down allocation across the global liquid-credit spectrum with bottom-up, high-conviction security selection. This is complemented by an options overlay to manage risks within the prevailing market environment.
Andrew Jackson commented: “We view flexibility and risk management as the most important tools in any fixed income asset manager’s toolkit. It is for that reason that we continue to utilise security selection and ESG as primary tenets of our approach.”
Fraser Lundie added: “As investment conditions change, we aim to capture superior relative value throughout credit markets and offer a dynamic credit-allocation solution to investors seeking to outsource their full credit exposure, or enhance more traditional allocations. Unrestricted by security type or geographical silos, our unconstrained approach allows us to maximise total returns by investing across the full credit spectrum.”